So I want to re-tell the account, but in a way that would cause as much shock today as it would have for those listening in Jesus’ day.
‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. An evangelical happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, an evangelical seminary graduate, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Muslim, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two hundred dollars and gave it to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”
‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’
The expert in biblical theology replied, ‘The Muslim who had mercy on him.’
Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’